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Afghanistan: Interim Strategy Note

July 18, 2009

" We are working with the government of Afghanistan to support their efforts, and their role in overseeing, regulating and ensuring that citizens get their fair share of services provided through the public sector, NGOs, community groups or private providers. Where donors rally behind national leadership and a clear strategy, our coordinated efforts work best. "

Nicholas Krafft

World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan

Executive Summary

The Interim Strategy Note (ISN) for Afghanistan details the World Bank Group’s approach to helping the country achieve its development goals. It envisages a grant program of around $600 million, covering the period 2009 – 2011.

The Bank’s strategy rests on three pillars:

  1. Building the capacity and accountability of the state to its citizens to provide services that are affordable, accessible and adequate;
  2. Promoting growth of the rural economy and livelihoods; and
  3. Supporting growth of a formal, modern and competitive private sector.